Latin Siege Warfare in the Twelfth Century / Edition 1

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This is a carefully researched and illuminating study of siege warfare in the twelfth century. The siege was an integral part of medieval military experience, and was particularly significant in the Mediterranean region. Rogers explores siege warfare and the role it played in the First Crusade and the establishment of the Crusader States, in Italy, Spain, and Portugal, and in the seaborne expeditions of the Italian maritime states. Rogers sets out to discover how it was that crusading forces handicapped by rudimentary organization and logistical support were able to conduct some of the most dramatic siege operations of the pre-gunpowder period. He traces the development and diffusion of techniques and analyzes the experience of siege warfare in every aspect, from the question of supplies of component parts for siege engines to the often complex political situations of besieger and besieged. This is a book which contributes not only to the military history of the twelfth century but also to its political and cultural history.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198206897
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/28/1997
  • Series: Oxford Historical Monographs Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
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Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Maps
Abbreviations
Introduction 1
1 Latin Siege Warfare in the First Crusade 10
2 The Capture of the Palestinian Coast and the Development of Crusader Siege Technique 64
3 Siege Operations in the Establishment of Norman Authority in Italy and Sicily 91
4 Cities and Siege Warfare: Lombardy in the Twelfth Century 124
5 Siege Warfare in the Iberian Reconquista 154
6 Seaborne Siege Warfare: The Italian Maritime States and Latin Expansion 193
7 Towards Conclusions 237
App. I. Evidence for Crusader Siege Towers 1099-1169 249
App. II. Siege Engines: General Descriptions and Terms 251
App. III. The Problem of Artillery 254
Bibliography 274
Index 289
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